Latest posts by KT53

Extendable Hedge Trimmer Recommendations Please!

Posted: 12/07/2016 at 11:09

I was going to give the same warning about weight when extended.  Most hedge trimmers are quite tiring to use when the head is right beside your hands.  Add a few feet of extension and the effective weight is multiplied several times.

Please sign the petition

Posted: 12/07/2016 at 08:31

Here in not-so-glorious Gloucestershire it is really getting depressing.  We'll get a couple of days where things get promising and then down it comes again.  At least I don't need to water new plants quite so much!

Please sign the petition

Posted: 12/07/2016 at 08:19

Just got home from dropping the missus off to work and got soaked getting from the car into the house.  It's all of 15 yards.

I'm sick of this rotten weather.  I need to get the garden sorted for when we go away at the weekend but there's no chance.


Hampton Court Flower Show

Posted: 12/07/2016 at 08:15

I've never been to Hampton Court, Malvern is our local show.  It went through what we thought was quite a bad slump in quality for 2 or 3 years but has recovered again over the last couple of years.  The people running the show must have had concerns too, because layout this year had changed quite drastically, for the better I would add.

I think an annual event is likely to get stale after a while unless it is constantly reinventing itself.  Maybe HC is at that point.

What's Your Most Self-Indulgent Unnecessary "Toy?"

Posted: 12/07/2016 at 08:12

Everything I have ever bought has a useful purpose and has been wonderful value for money (now where's the Pinnochio emoticon).  On the other hand my wife bought a second hand overlocking sewing machine some years ago and promptly stopped making clothes!  It's still sat sitting, unloved and unused, in the cupboard under the stairs.  Women!!!!! 

Monty Don's Stainless Steel trowel

Posted: 12/07/2016 at 08:07

How do we mere mortals manage with just a couple of different types?  I only have 2, one wide and one narrow and seem get by without any obvious problems.  Style over substance seems to be creeping into even that most practical of areas - gardening.

Back with a vengance and a spade :)

Posted: 12/07/2016 at 08:04

If the sweetpea flowering is already reduced it may already be too late for some of the plants.  Once they start to set seed they apparently cease to flower and, unlike most plants, removing the seed heads doesn't encourage them to produce more flowers.

That said, there may not be seed pods on all plants so keep removing dead / wilting flowers.

Monty Don's Stainless Steel trowel

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 20:35

Some of the trowels he uses look more like bricklayer's tools than gardening ones.  Maybe they are?

Just found this American site but there's all shapes and sizes there.


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Back with a vengance and a spade :)

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 20:32

You need to get the pea pods off your sweet peas asap or they will stop flowering.

Yes, I have problems with blackfly on some of my runner beans, not an infestation yet and hopefully I've stopped it developing to that extent.

Again, seen some lily beetles but not too many.  I zap 'em with but spray as soon as I spot them or the damage they cause.

If it's new they can take a while to become established.  All you can do is keep an eye on it and make sure it's watered if it starts to wilt.

Forum bug

Posted: 10/07/2016 at 17:44

Who cares about trivia like forum bugs?  MURRAY WON AGAIN

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